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About Santa Ana

Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California, and with a population of 324,528 at the 2010 census, Santa Ana is the 57th-most populous city in the United States.
Founded in 1869, Santa Ana is located in Southern California adjacent to the Santa Ana River, 10 miles (16 km) away from the California coast. The city is part of the Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana metropolitan area which, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with almost thirteen million people. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, of U.S. cities with more than 300,000 people, Santa Ana is the 4th-most densely populated behind only New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago, and slightly denser than Boston.
Santa Ana lends its name to the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5), which runs through the city. It also shares its name with the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, and the infamous Santa Ana winds, which have historically fueled seasonal wildfires throughout Southern California. The current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) metropolitan designation for the Orange County Area is “Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA”.

Don Gaspár de Portolá, a Spanish expedition party leader, discovered a picturesque valley and river in Southern California, which he christened Santa Ana, in honor of Saint Anne, on July 26, 1769. José Antonio Yorba, a youthful expedition soldier, and his nephew Juan Peralta, were given a Spanish land grant for the area. They developed the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana for cattle grazing and productive farmland. In 1869, William H. Spurgeon purchased 70 acres from the Yorba family and plotted a town site. The new town was given the name Santa Ana. In 1886, Santa Ana was incorporated as a city. Orange County was separated from Los Angeles in 1889, and Santa Ana was designated the County Seat. Santa Ana is the financial and governmental center of Orange County and a major city in the state.

Santa AnaSituated in the middle of Orange County along the Santa Ana River, the city of Santa Ana is both the most populous city and the largest city in Orange County, covering 27.2 square miles. As of 2007, there were 327,780 people living in the city.

Named the county seat in 1889, Santa Ana is also known as the financial and governmental center of Orange County. It’s been in recent competition with its fast growing neighbor, the city of Irvine in regards to commercial growth.

Working over the years to revitalize its downtown area, Santa Ana now features The Santa Ana Artist’s Village which was created around Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center. The village includes the Bowers Museum, the Old County Courthouse as well as several theaters and art galleries.

The downtown area also contains both retail and housing, as well as the Santa Ana Civic Center and the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse. Several historic homes dating from the late 1800s can be found there as well making preservation a central issue as development of the downtown area continues.

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Santa Ana Unified School District
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Santa Ana Schools

Stephen R. Fitz Intermediate School
7-8, public
R. F. Hazard Elementary School
K-6, public
Heritage Elementary School
PK-6, public
Newhope Elementary School
K-6, public
Rosita Elementary School
K-6, public
Edward Russell Elementary School
K-6, public
Fairhaven Elementary School
K-6, public
Panorama Elementary School
K-6, public
Adams Elementary School
K-5, public
Gerald P. Carr Intermediate School
6-8, public
George Washington Carver Elementary School
K-3, public
Century High School
9-12, public
Wallace R. Davis Elementary School
K-5, public
Diamond Elementary School
K-5, public
Thomas A. Edison Elementary School
K-5, public
Franklin Elementary School
K-5, public
Fremont Elementary School
K-5, public
Garfield Elementary School
K-5, public
Greenville Fundamental Elementary School
K-5, public
Carl Harvey Elementary School
K-5, public
Martin R. Heninger Elementary School
K-8, public
Hoover Elementary School
K-5, public
Andrew Jackson Elementary School
K-5, public
Jefferson Elementary School
K-5, public
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
K-5, public
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